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En février dernier, les membres de la Société ont voté en faveur du retrait du Journal, de la liste des bénéfices reliés au statut de membre. Subséquemment, le Conseil national a adopté une proposition visant à diffuser le Journal aux membres en format électronique. Ces décisions avaient pour but d'aider la Société à corriger son déficit opérationnel.

Taming the Serpent

 

One of the largest constellations in the sky is Ophiuchus – the serpent holder. Located directly below Hercules, it lies on the meridian at about 9:30 p.m. at the beginning of the month. This huge area of sky covers close to a thousand square degrees and is home to no less than 13 globular clusters equal to or brighter than tenth magnitude. This means on nights of good seeing, you should be able to sweep up these treasures in simple binoculars.

The FAQ with the list of asteroid names with Canadian connections has been updated and can be seen at http://www.rasc.ca/faq/asteroids/home.htm. There are almost 200 asteroids on the list now!

On June 18th David Lane (Halifax) and Paul Gray (Moncton) will be the topic of a special feature on CBC Radio's Maritime Magazine. Taped during the past month the separate interviews have been assembled into a segment about their 10 years of supernova hunting failures and successes.

RASC London Centre held its 33rd annual banquet on Friday, May 12. About 35 members and guests enjoyed a wonderful buffet meal at Michael's Garden, part of the restaurant complex in the Great Hall at the University of Western Ontario. There was even a cake decorated with the Society's crest.

This quote from Alden Foraie, Regina Centre President, says it all...

I returned today from spending the weekend with Norm Leier at Cypress Hills giving Melody Nagel-Hisey's staff a crash course in astronomy.

Ajai Sehgal, Robert Gagliano and Tim Puckett, report the discovery of an apparent supernova (mag 17.8) (limiting mag 19.5) on CCD images taken with a 0.50-m reflector, Osoyoos , BC. On Apr. 28.36 UT. in the course of the Puckett Observatory Supernova Search. The new object was confirmed at mag 17.8 (limiting mag 19.3) by Puckett on Apr. 29.08, Ellijay, GA. 0.60-m reflector. The object is located at R.A. = 12h41m01s.55, Decl. = +63°31'11".6 (equinox 2000.0), which is 28".36 east and 0".6 south of UGC 7848. Nothing is visible at this location on images taken by Principal Investigator Tim Puckett on Apr. 5 (limiting mag 19.5).

After a long and cloudy winter and spring, we've finally found time to get the Saskatchewan Summer Star Party 2006 (SSSP'06) website up and running.

Mission Ridge Country Estates, located in the RM of Aberdeen, requested advice on limiting light pollution since they were interested in creating a country atmosphere where estates were not lit up like living in the city.

As as result, they adopted, verbatim, recommendations we provided.

It's two o'clock in the morning. I'm observing under clear skies and my throat is sore. But not because of the cold! No, I'm sitting at my desk at home in London, Ontario, with a mug of hot chocolate. The telescope I'm using is southeast of Tucson, Arizona, at the Jarnac Observatory. The reason my throat is sore is that I've just spent 133min on the phone with RASC member David H. Levy (Honorary President of both Montreal Centre and Kingston Centre; 1980 Chant Medal winner), learning about David's web-based interface for remote observing.

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